The eerie times in Netflix’s Rebecca

Tara McGahan

The new Netflix movie, Rebecca, has captured viewers’ attention after it was released on the platform on the 21st of October. This romantic thriller was adapted from the 1938 Gothic novel, Rebecca. It was written by English author Dame Daphne du Maurier. This is a remake of an earlier film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940.

“Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again. I dreamt that where our drive once lay, a dark and tortured jungle grew. Nature had come into her own and yet the house still stood. Manderley. Secretive and silent as it has always been. Risen from the dead”.

The story begins in Monte Carlo. Lily James stars as an unnamed companion for an insufferable older woman. After a whirlwind romance between her character and wealthy widower, Maxime De Winter (Armie Hammer), they marry, and she becomes the second Mrs. De Winter.

The couple arrives back in Manderley, his family’s estate on the rough English coast, where things get interesting.

Our story makes a sudden switch from a Summertime romance to a dull, eerie life in the United Kingdom. Mrs. De Winter begins to settle into her new life in England, but she can’t ignore the haunting presence of Maxime’s first wife, Rebecca.

Her legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. It is clear the late Rebecca was idolised by all at Manderley and Mrs. Danvers makes it hard for the new Mrs. De Winter to feel welcome in her new home.

On top of this, Maxime is distant and refuses to open up about his previous wife.

Mrs. De Winter finds it merely impossible to fill the huge shoes Rebecca had left behind for her. After a cruel manipulation from Mrs. Danvers, Mrs. De Winter is left feeling lonely and hopeless.

She is sad and desperate for her husband’s approval until she uncovers a secret that changes her future and relationship with Maxime. From here, the cord begins to unravel, and more secrets begin to unfold.

It tells a strong story of a woman so in love that nothing can break her. The movie takes many twists and turns of its own and shows a lot more depth than you might originally think.

Tara McGahan

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